Fall is in the air! Here are 75 autumn themed writing prompts (in a PowerPoint) with six different styles of prompts. Each prompt style targets a different writing skill: sensory details, connotation/tone, word choice, fiction, nonfiction, and using dialogue effectively.
Slide Style Breakdown:
1. Fill in the Blank (15 prompts)
- Parts of the sentence have been blanked out, so students get to fill in the blanks with phrases, descriptions, and sensory details of their own!
2. Sentence Twister (12 prompts)
- A lesson in the power of word choice, students get to swap the underline word in a sentence for a simile—any simile. This can take the sentence in a totally different direction! A "pie's smell" can quickly change to a "pie's stench" or a "pie's aroma."
3. Word Jumble (8 prompts)
— With autumn themed words displayed in a colorful word cloud, this prompt is the most open ended. Students get to choose words—verbs, sounds, visual details—from the word cloud to create their own sentences. Because the words lean towards sensory details, students will start to learn how even in a single sentence can create a vivid scene.
4. Story Starter (15 prompts)
— Students are given an autumn-themed fiction prompt that give students an element of storytelling to work off of (such as the character to write about or the setting to place those characters in), and leaves the rest up to their imagination.
5. True Life (16 prompts)
— Students are given nonfictional prompts that encourage them to reflect on their own memories, conversations, and adventures that have taken place during autumn.
6. Dialogue (9 prompts)
— A single line of dialogue is given. Dialogue immediately implies action, and when the dialogue is intriguing, interesting characters and situations. Dialogue spurs the questions that spin stories (Who's saying this? Where are they? Why are they talking about being lost?) which is why they're a personal favorite of mine for fictional prompts.
Each of these sections is listed and linked to in the PowerPoint's "Table of Contents" slide (pictured in thumbnail).
Want to take these a step further? Here are some ideas:
• Ask for volunteers to read their sentences out loud (This is a lot of fun!)
• Let the students choose what kind of prompt the class should do that day
• Have students save these in a literacy/writing journal. Let them continue their favorite entry at the end of the week.
These are great for warm up/bell work, tickets out the door, and journals. The goal of these prompts was to be broad in their application -- students can practice fiction, nonfiction, and writing techniques such as word choice. Happy fall!
Looking for more writing prompts? Here are two products I'm particularly proud of:
Winter Writing Prompts
Adventure Writing Prompts